> I'm looking at adding a PVR card to my current system in order to get
> Lightwave animations to tape. I have a P120, 24 megs ram, Win95,
> SoundBlaster 32AWE sound card, Adobe Premiere and soon a 4.3 gig
> Seagate SCSI drive. A few questions:
> 1. I know the PVR software works best with NT, but I can't move up to
> it yet. I saw that DPS has PVR software in a Win95 directory on their
> ftp site. Anyone know how well it works?
It works fine. A little more cumbersome than NT version, however. Since
NT supports "plug-in" file systems, DPS used this feature to provide
very easy access to PVR files on the proprietary SCSI chain. Since Win95
doesn't support this feature, DPS has a "File Manager-like" utility that
let's you get to your PVR files, although you can't see them from
Windows Explorer or DOS prompt.
> 2. Will 24 megs of ram be enough? (Of course more is better, but I
> gotta start here).
Under Win95 24Megs RAM will problably be OK. Under NT you will need at
Quote:> 3. How well do the AWE32 and Premiere work with the PVR? Anyone have a
> similar setup?
We were using just a standard SB16 with PVR. It was adequate... I'd
guess that AWE32 would be fine too. The one big weak point of PVR at
this point is that regardelss of which sound card you choose, you're
still prone to sound-sync problems.
Quote:> 4. How does the PVR compare to something like the Q-Motion PCI or the
> FAST Movie Line FPS-60?
I've seen output from many video boards, including some not-yet released
boards soon to hit the market. It's still my subjective optinoin that
the PVR is by far the king of the hill in video image quality... and I
mean hands-down no competition. It's absolutely superb quality; part of
this is due to the fact that the PVR has a "smart" time-base corrector
built into it that "fixes" stray video signals. The result is absolutely
the cleanest looking digital video I've yet to see. However, this is
also reflected in the size of it's M-JPEG compressed files <g>.
Quote:> Or should I just forget all of this stuff and hang on a few more days
> and see what comes out of NAB?
I'd go to NAB first, just to get a feel of what's out there. My biggest
problem with PVR was sound sync and bugs that we kept discovering in the
DPS drivers. These were perpetual problems. But the image quality of the
PVR may make it all worth while for ya....